Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,657
Hads: 7,234
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

330ml bottle ($3.82) from Premier in Halifax. Aroma has pleasant hints of citrus hops. Pours an almost clear pale golden colour, with white head. Has a light sweet taste. Body is medium, oily texture, with lively carbonation. I remember drinking a darker Duvel a few years ago, so it was a bit disappointing to see that this one is so pale. Still a great brew. (360 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Taking advantage of the promotion and Free Shipping discount to know this classic Belgian beer; I think it will be up to a parameter as paid, at most, to know a beer, i.e., up to R$ 0.04/ml. Appearance: a 750 ml bottle brings sophistication in simple; the tulip was unable to effect the imp in the bottle, but it should be because the glass is not the brand, with laser engraved (my mother said a pebble in the background would make the effect); abundant, fleeting foam to keep enough; citrus color, translucent. Aroma: It is not unpleasant, but simple, refers to a citrus. Taste: balanced, it seemed like a champagne beer, at first I did not feel the alcohol, but it rises quickly to noggin (inset). Anyway, I was happy to try this beer, but I can not pay more for it, value more when the hops are more pronounced (personal taste). (832 characters)

Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L42401 0224. AROMA: esters aromas reminiscente of oranges and some pears. low sweet malt background. very low no non-existent hop character. some spicy alcohol aromas. APPEARANCE: light gold color with a bit of haze. large white head that persists for very long time. characteristic viscosity leading to belgian lacing. TASTE: faint fruity flavours mixed with a low sweet background. medium bitterness that lingers beyond a dry finish. some spicy alcohol notes. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. some astringency is present as some alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a classic but now it seems with less overall quality. (697 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass (not the Duvel one)

A – Golden, straw. Big, foamy white head, at least two inches. Head fades away very slowly. Extremely clear, very much like a golden pilsner.

S – Very spicy, some mild fruitiness, esters. A little bit of alcohol, a touch of something like raisins. Hay.

T – Tons of carbonation and maltiness, light toasty flavors. A bit of a dusty flavor, like an old but well-kept house. Some fruitiness from esters. Maybe a touch of lemon, and spicy, peppery notes. Some acidity in the balance.

M – Again, very highly carbonated. There’s acidity and bitterness very much up front but it is wiped out by the bubbles. Really very palate-cleansing. Dry finish, leaves you ready for the next sip.

O – Duvel’s reputation precedes it, so it’s hard to separate that out when evaluating. Luckily it lives up to the hype. An incredibly refreshing ber, with complex flavor and aroma profiles, that can also knock you on your ass if you aren’t paying attention. Fantastic. (1,040 characters)

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
2.1/5  rDev -51%

Bottle must have been shaken from the car ride home. Foam everywhere and huge pieces of yeast were in the head. I will be revisiting this one eventually. (153 characters)

Photo of Doug1979
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured light golden hazy summer-straw colour, with a fluffy dreamy-white cotton wool head. If the different flavours were acting out a play on your tongue it would be truly Shakespearean: villainous spice, beautiful malt, godly yeast, funky, tangy, fruity and musty all in near-perfect balance. One of the timeless classics of the beer world... (344 characters)

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised to see that its very good. Very simple flavor, I would say pear like with a bitter hop taste. No complex or multiple flavors, just pear like. No detection of alcohol either. (228 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a billowy, long lasting white head. Excellent lacing.
Clove like aroma, with peppery notes, taste is unique to this brand, almost pepper like with a good spice mix, some yeast in background. Mouthfeel is more dry than full, with a light warmth at the finish

Overall, this is worth the price and hype. Truly outstanding in all aspects (387 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.03/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the price I paid and the number of outstanding ratings I was expecting a near life changing experience; what I got was a decent enough beer but nothing particularly stunning. Poured out a bright amber with a good thick pure white head that demonstrated excellent head retention. The smell was that of cloves with some earthiness. The taste was OK with hints of spiciness and fruitiness typical of a Belgian style, but there was very little to set it apart from any other beer of this style. The finish was actually quite plain. The mouth feel was decent enough but the carbonation level was a tad on the high side.

Overall I would much prefer a Chimay to this one especially since either one will set you back a few extra bucks. Decent enough but just not that special. (774 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured an extremely bright golden color with a pure white head. Poured about a solid inch of foam into my old standby, the Deschutes Rastal snifter. Foam reseeded but still left a solid layer continually fed by a medium high carb. Ever so slight haze. Love the color--so vibrant and great silky texture. Only downside was the foam got a little bit sticky.

S: Big cloves, and sweet fungus and tropical fruit. Lots of mango and pineapple. Meaty mushrooms. Wet deep woods rich soil.

T: Huge floral cherry blossom and sweet light malt. Big tangy musty fruitiness comes in next. Notes of fresh bright peppercorns and a saltiness comes through. Bittering comes through with wet greens and dry golden straw which finishes nicely. Was overly musty at first, but the bottle was refrigerator temperature and needed 5 or 10 degrees more. A sweet strawberry note along with a sweet orange came in on the finish after the brew warmed a tad. Most unexpected. It also mellowed the funkiness and rounded out well.

M: Good consistency. There's enough body but still remains light and refreshing. Good clean light dry finish leaves a longer salty feeling that leaves you wanting more. This kind of detracts from the refreshing quality as it leaves a parched feeling. Weird.

O: Great beer. I think I ruined it to start with because it was too cold right out of the fridge. The musty flavor overpowered the beer at low temperature while the other flavors receded. Once it warmed up it rounded out beautifully. (1,496 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Pours a bright golden honeyburst color with a tall fluffy white head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light and citrusy fruits.

Taste is of sweet malt and bitter hops up front, picking up the light fruits and citrus from there along with herbal spicyness and the 8.5% alcohol comes in to say hello. Finish is clean and dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated, and almost creamy.

Overall, one of the best beers on the planet. Refreshing, crisp, flavor packed, and easy drinking, even at 8.5%. (621 characters)

Photo of robertlovesbeer
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot get enough of this beer. The color is golden and clear. The head is white and thick. What brings me back to this beer is the taste. It is just perfect. Smooth, goes down easy and just begs to have two or three per sitting. I wish I could stock this beer in my kegertor. (278 characters)

Photo of TheMcCollums
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As previously mentioned, the head on this beer is just beautiful, although for me it did not last as long as it seems to have for others. Pure white, fluffy, initially three fingers high but fading to one finger and then just a ring after a few minutes, although the carbonation was superb and lasted the entire time. The color of the beer is a rich golden orange in the glass. The nose on this beer is very nice and spicy, and hoppier than the flavor seems to be (until you get to the pleasant lingering tartness at the finish). This beer was challenging, in a good way, as it has so much going on. I found it much more enjoyable as it warmed a bit, since I think I served it a bit too cold initially. The flavor is yeasty and spicy, with some fruit but not too much sweetness, and a tangy bite in the finish. Would cheerfully have again...one of the best beers I have ever tried. Would highly recommend to anyone...am looking forward to my dark-beer-obsessed husband to try this golden ale and see how complex and rich a golden ale can be. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger bubbly white head, hazy golden yellow body. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Beautiful.

Sweet banana bread, cinnamon, and clove in the aroma. Slight citrus and floral notes.

Some sort of spice-like note on the tongue. Grassy and earthy. Citrus and floral on the back of the tongue. Bit of cinnamon and clove.

Lot's of carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel. (377 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge rocky head. Straw colour. Cloudy. Aroma is of pears with a hint of onion. The taste has notes of candy sugar, pear,, banana, slightly funky yeast and some spice in the aftertaste. A rather complex and enjoyable taste that seems to change with each sip and evolve as the beer warms. This beer has champagne like carbonation. This Belgian strong pale ale is very easy drinking yet complex. A refined and delightful beer that is easily available.

My mark out of 100 would 93. (491 characters)

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very light jonquil/gold body with a crisp ivory head.

Aroma: A beautiful blend of light grains, yeast, and grass-notes.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but with an earthy backbone and almost citrus-like resolve in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation, if not an ideal amount; very fitting for a strong ale.

Overall: We all know that 'Duvel' is one of those classics that work whenever and wherever; cool summer nights or by the fireplace in the dead of winter - a true classic. However, I felt that it was missing an extra...something. To be fair, I will stand behind 'Duvel' as one of the "can't-go-wrong" beers, but if only it had an extra bit of 'oomph'... (690 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale sunshine yellow. Gigantic 3 finger white head with large bubbles. Very long retention.

S: Grassy funk and yeast esters dominant the nose. Some faint pepper and banana.

T: Banana, clove, pepper. Light citrus - lemon and orange. A nice subtle earthy funk.

M: Medium body and an almost steady stream of bubbles even several minutes after pour.

O: Excellent Tripel. A classic representation of the style. (417 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured out of the bottle into a snifter. I've heard nothing but good things about Duvel, and was happy to hear that it lived up to its hype. Beautiful deep golden color. Fruity aromas. Crisp finish with notes of apple and orange. Also love the classic label. Awesome stuff. (282 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DATE REVIEWED: June 26, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: NBA Draft Day 2014--Cavs take Wiggins and intend to keep him...APPEARANCE: two-tiered head--rocky, mountainous atop bubbly,, crystal white that occupies half the glass; slightly opaque golden body with a wellspring of bubbles centering the glass; lacing is appealing... AROMA: brilliant pilsner introduction; fragrant floral, perfumed hops; some suggestions of pepper...desirable... PALATE: quick, aggressively smooth with a solid, lingering finish--a bit dry and mouth-watering... TASTE: honey and hops are warming--nectar of the gods! a bit sweet, like a Riesling--but oh so rewarding... OVERALLL: only three sips are needed to bring the tingle, not unlike your team drafting first overall for the third time in four years; as its name suggests, sadistically drinkable, tempting with crisp, clean flavor, then punishing with cruel, powerful alcoholic hammers...the steep price--literally and figuratively--is unfortunately warranted. (1,005 characters)

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a classic that I revisit from time to time and I remind myself of what a true world class beer is especially in the style.

Poured in a proper Duvel glass, the head and carbonation are perfect. The lacing is about as good as it gets. The smell is just the right amount of citrus and earthy not to sweet. although a higher ABV you can't taste the alcohol so If you are having three or more don't drive right away!

This is the one that should always be in the fridge. (474 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to formally review this classic.
Golden color with a thick head with decent retention and keeping a constant plate fed by its apparent carbonation and leaving lots of laces.
Mild, but elegant citrusy aroma with orange-lemony tartness and hints of mint, honey, pineapple and banana.
Good, but nothing compared to its Tripel hop version.
Balanced and nice flavor with notes of lemon, herbal hops, mild spices, Cointreau liquor or champagne, green apples, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, banana, pineapples and pears. Dry aftertaste with a light herbal bitterness and a mild tart feeling.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is well hidden, even though it has a light body and a controlled sweetness. I guess this substantiates its name.
Solid classic with flawless execution, it seems to be the base for so many others beers with similar style, but that may also plays against it, once it may become very much expected for high bars. That’s why the release of the Tripel hop version was essential to the brand. I may have given some extra points for its originality and tradition.
Finally, I found this tastes better close to maturity date, when it is further down the road from a BSPA going towards a Tripel, with a lower sweetness and keeping a high drinkability relatively to its alcohol content. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 09 2015 at 50 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma of spice
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular 2 – 4 mm layer
Lacing poor – few small islands with small bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy from yeast
Flavor consists of some yeast phenolics and a light spiciness from the hops. No alcohol, no malt. Flavor ends with a light bitterness.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Overall, a passable tripel. (458 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured appropriately enough from the Duvel bottle into the Duvel Tulip.

A: Gorgeous light golden hue, slightly cloudy and some head. Head dissipates to a 2mm disk with some spotty lacing.

S: Clove. Esters. Phenolics. Light mango and bananas. Honey. Almost a very classic Trippel-like profile. Some breadiness and dough from the yeast. Masterful representation of the style.

T: Follows nose, and the rest of the quaff lends some sweetness (honey) lactic notes and a bit of sourness. Yields to a cinnamon/clove vibe. Very good.

M: Smooth, nothing offensive. Medium full, not cloyingly sweet not thick. Malts and yeast at ultimate finish are slightly hot. Very slight.

O: This is a great, widely available member of this style that really is a solid offering. Try it if you like Trippel style and hefeweizens. (811 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful golden straw color with tons of creamy head that pretty much sticks around for the duration. Nice wispy lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S - Nose is peppery and mildly phenolic. There's also a little straw and woodsy pine. Just a hint of lemon and honey as the beer warms. Smell is pretty tame overall though.

T - Immediately tart and refreshing, with a little citrusy tang. As the beer settles a bit a mild tropical fruit profile emerges with papaya, guava and pineapple making appearances. There's honey at the center and a little pepper on the finish. Very tasty and not even a hint of the relatively big ABV.

M - mouthfeel is not too dry, actually much wetter/sweeter than I was expecting and it sort of coats your palate for a long finish. Good, prickly Belgian style carbonation that mellows out nicely before it becomes abrasive.

Overall, there is a reason this beer is the gold standard for the style. I had Russian River's Damnation the other day and Duvel blows it out of the water. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful golden hues capped with a white frothy head which remained. Nice lacing in the glass. Looked wonderful in the tulip.

S: Delicious, sweet, enticing malt smells

T: Like the smell, malty, almost fruity. Sweet, refreshing, and delicious

M: Full bodied, yet refreshing. Could drink this all day.

O: Excellent. (359 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,657 ratings.